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posted by cmn32480 on Saturday October 01 2016, @12:34PM   Printer-friendly
from the who-defines-offensive dept.

The Supreme Court on Thursday said it would decide, once and for all, whether federal intellectual property regulators can refuse to issue trademarks with disparaging or inappropriate names.

At the center of the issue is a section of trademark law that actually forbids the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) from approving a trademark if it "consists of or comprises immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter; or matter which may disparage or falsely suggest a connection with persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or bring them into contempt, or disrepute."

The case before the justices, which they will hear sometime in the upcoming term beginning in October, concerns the Portland-based Asian-American rock band called the Slants. Previously, decisions have come down on both sides regarding trademarking offensive names. The most notable denial is likely the name of the NFL's Washington franchise, "Redskins." But lesser known denials include "Stop the Islamization of America," "The Christian Prostitute," "AMISHHOMO," "Mormon Whiskey," "Ride Hard Retard," "Abort the Republicans," and "Democrats Shouldn't Breed."

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/09/can-you-trademark-an-offensive-name-or-not-us-supreme-court-to-decide/


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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @01:51PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @01:51PM (#408765)

    The female White liberal baby boomers who are advocating for this censorship and affront to American history have herpes from many years of comingling with Black men. Just don't let their husbands and wives know!

    With all due respect: a few times now I've read your comments (I don't look at the nick before reading) then I get to the last paragraph where the whole thing takes a sharp turn for the worst. Seriously it's like a conversation with grandma that starts off slightly odd but by the end everyone is trying to get the train back onto the rails before she's running around calling for the extermination of the subhumans.

    My suggestion: write what you want to write, delete the last paragraph, then submit. Don't try to preemptively leave off the last paragraph since it'll probably migrate and still wind up as the last one.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @02:01PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @02:01PM (#408772)

    You don't understand ethan. The last paragraph isn't some red herring, the first part of his posts are the bait and the last part is the hook. He's a fucktard and he wants other people to buy into his fucktard ways, so he presents arguments that are only minorly fucked up in order to coerce you down the path into fucktardom. The lesson you should be taking from his posts is that there is something fucked up about everything else he says too, its just not quite so blatant. Take the opportunity to strengthen your fuckery detection skills on the bait part of his posts.

  • (Score: 4, Informative) by NotSanguine on Saturday October 01 2016, @02:07PM

    The female White liberal baby boomers who are advocating for this censorship and affront to American history have herpes from many years of comingling with Black men. Just don't let their husbands and wives know!

    With all due respect: a few times now I've read your comments (I don't look at the nick before reading) then I get to the last paragraph where the whole thing takes a sharp turn for the worst. Seriously it's like a conversation with grandma that starts off slightly odd but by the end everyone is trying to get the train back onto the rails before she's running around calling for the extermination of the subhumans.

    My suggestion: write what you want to write, delete the last paragraph, then submit. Don't try to preemptively leave off the last paragraph since it'll probably migrate and still wind up as the last one.

    You must be new around here. So, Lemme 'splain to you Lucy!

    Ethanol-Fueled (go and take a look at his posting history [soylentnews.org]) is our resident fucking asshole. He posts really repugnant shit, IMHO, just for the pleasure of annoying people like you.

    So when he reads your post, I assume he will chuckle and then whip out his Bowie knife and carve another line onto the inside of his thigh, smile broadly, and say "got another one! Motherfuckas be trippin'!"

    My advice to you is to either ignore him if he annoys/disgusts/triggers you, or give it right back to him. Either way, you'll likely get a pretty similar result.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @02:41PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @02:41PM (#408782)

      My advice to you is to either ignore him if he annoys/disgusts/triggers you, or give it right back to him. Either way, you'll likely get a pretty similar result.

      I never said he annoyed me - everyone feels sorry for grandma when she goes and spouts off racist shit right? Not because it is some problem locally but because she'll go off and cause problems and embarrass herself elsewhere.

      Bill Burr covers this well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc3HiKQDPCQ [youtube.com]

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @03:20PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @03:20PM (#408797)

        Is your grandma hot? Send her to San Diego so she can hook up with EF.

        • (Score: 2) by Knowledge Troll on Saturday October 01 2016, @03:40PM

          by Knowledge Troll (5948) on Saturday October 01 2016, @03:40PM (#408802) Homepage Journal

          Send her to San Diego so she can hook up with EF.

          Oh he lives in San Diego? His fucked opinion makes even more sense now:

          1) The further south you go generally the more conservative it gets. This applies inside the states on the West Coast of the USA and the West Coast as a whole.
          2) It'd be easy to believe there is an invasion of non-white people in Southern California. Just open eyes and be half paranoid.
          3) He gets to look at street signs that show a father and mother dragging their children and running so fast the kids legs are being drug on the ground while they are crossing the border illegally. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_sign#/media/File:W54_Special_%28CA-San_Ysidro%29_-vector.svg [wikipedia.org]

          Sorry guys it is looking more and more like he actually believes this stuff and isn't trolling you; especially if he is drunk all the time. Why does that matter? Fighting him probably just adds another badge of honor. Loving/feeling sorry for him while avoiding arguing the situation is most likely going to result in his becoming uncomfortable with the thread. Community wide this approach probably drives him elsewhere.

          Or I've turned into some kind of pussyfag.

          Is your grandma hot?

          I was going to link to grandma porn but fuck I can't bring myself to do it. I guess pussyfag it is.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 02 2016, @01:40AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 02 2016, @01:40AM (#408938)

            The further south you go generally the more conservative it gets. This applies inside the states on the West Coast of the USA and the West Coast as a whole.

            ...and some, I assume, are good people.

      • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday October 01 2016, @05:39PM

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 01 2016, @05:39PM (#408839) Homepage Journal

        Huh? Your grandma is a racist? Odd - the males in my family were often racist assholes, but the women always seemed to be color blind.

        At least I don't have to suffer the shame of having social justice warriors in my family tree. Racist assholes are bad enough.

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    • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday October 01 2016, @05:36PM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 01 2016, @05:36PM (#408838) Homepage Journal

      "My advice to you is to either ignore him if he annoys/disgusts/triggers you"

      YOU SAID THE TRIGGER WORD AND THAT'S MY TRIGGER YOU FUCKTARD!

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @06:03PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @06:03PM (#408843)

        Somehow I just knew you'd latch right onto that mischaracterization of "trigger" like a dog eating his own shit.

      • (Score: 2) by NotSanguine on Saturday October 01 2016, @06:24PM

        "My advice to you is to either ignore him if he annoys/disgusts/triggers you"

        YOU SAID THE TRIGGER WORD AND THAT'S MY TRIGGER YOU FUCKTARD!

        Take it easy Runaway. Perhaps you should go over to the meth house and get a nice booty bump [tweaker.org]. You know that always evens you out. 😉

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        No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical. --Niels Bohr
      • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Saturday October 01 2016, @08:24PM

        by HiThere (866) on Saturday October 01 2016, @08:24PM (#408867) Journal

        What have you got against Roy Rodgers?

        And why?

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